Enchanting Greek Islands: Northern Aegean Islands & the Sporades Aboard Sea Cloud

Enchanting Greek Islands: Northern Aegean Islands & the Sporades Aboard Sea Cloud

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Experience Greece from a fresh, exciting perspective, immersing yourself in ancient wonders and enchanting islands that the Greeks regard as national treasures. This delightful summer voyage along the Northern Aegean and the Sporades archipelago takes you to breathtaking spots that are overlooked by most travelers—from the lovely small islands of the Sporades to the age-old villages of glorious Pelion and the mythical towns of Volos and Thessaloniki. This is Greece as it was meant to be seen—traveling from island to island aboard an authentic sailing ship with just 32 cabins. Lavish in sun-drenched scenery as our privately chartered vessel slips into small harbors and shallow bays to visit some of the most important sites of antiquity.

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$8,999

 

 

Trip Type
Group Travel Tour, International Ocean & Sea Voyages
Departure Dates
Jun 25, 2020 - Jul 3, 2020

SHIP

Sea Cloud

With her rich mahogany and gleaming brass, the legendary Sea Cloud travels under 30 billowing sails trimmed by hand. Her original owners, heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post and financier E. F. Hutton, desired a craft like no other. They spared no expense to create the largest private sailing ship ever built and in 1931, Sea Cloud was launched. In the ’30s and ’40s, as she sailed the world, the four-­masted beauty was host to leaders including the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Sweden’s King Gustavus V. Now carefully restored by a team of master craftspeople, this great lady continues to offer elegant quarters, fine dining, and impeccable service. Praised by the world’s most discerning travelers, Sea Cloud receives consistently high rankings from Condé Nast Traveler.

EXTENSIONS

An optional prelude in Athens is offered from June 23 to 26, 2020.

An optional postlude in Meteora and Delphi is offered from July 3 to 5, 2020.

TOUR MAP

Greek Islands map

ITINERARY

  • day 1

    Thursday, June 25 DEPARTURE

    Depart on an overnight flight to Athens.

  • day 2

    Friday, June 26 ATHENS, GREECE / PIRAEUS / EMBARK SEA CLOUD

    Arrive Athens, Greece and transfer to Piraeus and the awaiting Sea Cloud. In the late afternoon, be on deck as the ship sails past the Temple of Poseidon, a dazzling landmark poised atop Cape Sounion.

  • day 3

    Saturday, June 27 MORNING AT SEA / SKYROS

    Spend the morning heading to the North Aegean island of Skyros. Considered the southernmost island of the Sporades archipelago, Skyros is known for its seaside villages, distinctly Cycladic cube-shaped houses, archaeological museum, and the remains of the Venetian castle overlooking the town. Attend the captain’s welcome reception and dinner as the ship sails to Skopelos. B,L,D

  • day 4

    Sunday, June 28 SKOPELOS / SKIATHOS

    Step ashore on picturesque Skopelos, starting in the Chora, the island’s main town, which climbs up and around a hill. On a walking tour, explore its traditional buildings and historic churches, including the 11th-century church of Aghios Athanasios; the church of the Panaghia, with its fine frescoes; and the Folklore Museum. Outside the town discover the 17th-century nunnery of Aghios Ionnis Prodromos, dedicated to St. John the Baptist. Return to Sea Cloud for lunch as we sail to neighboring Skiathos.
    Wander the labyrinthine alleys of its Old Town and view the
    18th-century Monastery of Evangelistria. B,L,D

  • day 5

    Monday, June 29 VOLOS / PELION

    Enjoy stunning views this morning as we cross the Pagasetic Gulf to arrive at the port city of Volos, the legendary departure point for Jason and the Argonauts. Begin at the superb Archaeological Museum, known for its painted stelae dating from the 3rd century BC. Continue to the village of Makrinitsa, part of ancient Magnesia, mythical birthplace of the Centaurs and known today as “the balcony of Mount Pelion” for its endless views. Enjoy lunch in this charming town, dotted with mansions, water fountains, and picturesque cobbled paths, and visit the Museum of Folk Art and History, housed in a historic mansion. Return to Volos for a late afternoon sailing. B,L,D

  • day 6

    Tuesday, June 30 AT SEA

    During a day at sea, attend lectures, watch as the ship’s crew trims the sails by hand, or perhaps settle into a comfortable deck chair with a favorite book. B,L,D

  • day 7

    Wednesday, July 31 KAVALA / PHILIPPI

    Call at Kavala for an excursion to the ancient city of Philippi. This important site includes a Roman city with its partially preserved theater, an agora, and an expansive forum. Nearby is an early Christian church dedicated to the Apostle Paul, who founded the first Christian community in Europe here. Set sail this afternoon, passing Mount Athos, the spiritual capital of Orthodox christianity and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. B,L,D

  • day 8

    Thursday, July 2 MORNING AT SEA / THESSALONIKI / VERGINA

    Arrive late this morning at Thessaloniki and travel to Vergina and the UNESCO-listed archaeological site of Aigai, first capital of the Kingdom of Macedonia. At the Museum of Aigai admire the remains of a lavishly decorated palace and Macedonian tombs, one of which belongs to Philip II, whose conquests paved the way for his son Alexander’s expansion of the Hellenistic world. This evening, gather for the captain’s farewell reception and dinner. Sea Cloud remains docked overnight in Thessaloniki. B,L,D

  • day 9

    Friday, July 3 THESSALONIKI / RETURN

    Disembark Sea Cloud this morning in Thessaloniki and
    transfer to the airport for flights home. B

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